DSPsolar: What is the company's main activity and how much does your competitiveness depend on energy consumption?
EZEQUIEL: We are an agriculture and food industry company. Our main activity is the production of foodstuffs, but we are also active in the catering sector.
As a food manufacturer, we have many cold stores and drying rooms which consume large amounts of power, so any hike in the price of electricity means a significant increase in our costs, makingus less competitive on the market.
DSPsolar: Why did you decide on a self-consumption PV system? What is your approximate monthly consumption in kWh?
EZEQUIEL: We have two facilities, one in Villamanín de la Tercia and another in La Robla. Together they have an average consumption of around 420,000 kWh per month.
Our decision to install a self-consumption system can be mainly explained by the volatility of the electricity market in recent months, where uncontrolled price increases have had a direct impact on our profit and loss account.
DSPsolar: Why did you choose the PIKO CI from KOSTAL?
EZEQUIEL: The KOSTAL PIKO CI offered us the best combination of price, performance and flexibility. We were also looking for an inverter that was robust, durable and safe. We are thinking about investing in batteries in the future. And the PIKO CI has sufficient connections for this. What’s more, the system can be very easily extended using KOSTAL’s PLENTICORE BI battery inverters. Another reason is that KOSTAL is compatible with a large number of well-known storage unit manufacturers. That is why KOSTAL is the first choice.
DSPsolar: Have you taken advantage of any government funding?
EZEQUIEL: We have submitted our investment project for subsidies paid out to projects for processing and marketing agricultural and food products (NA2 line) and this has been approved.